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Jury Economics: A New Beginning for an Opening Statement

February 2020 Bar Bulletin

Attention is a scarce resource in our information-rich world. There is a wealth of literature that suggests attention spans in America are shorter than ever. You may even have heard one study that claims human attention spans have shrunk to that of a goldfish. Many scholars have raised legitimate questions about the efficacy of such findings, suggesting the problem is not shorter attention spans, but the more elusive motivation to focus on information that does not appear useful and prove intriguing. After all, America’s obsession with “binge-watching” Netflix proves Americans have an undeniable ability to focus for long periods of time when they choose...

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